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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 54, October 13, 1860

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Identifier: DX01321592

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 54, October 13, 1860

Description: Describes a firemen's parade in honor of the Prince of Wales.



The Firemen’s Parade.

firemen’s parade in honor of the Prince [of Wales]. Looking in at 745 [Broadway] found only Mrs. [Sarah] Edwards in her work room, the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards], their father [George Edwards] and others all gone to see the procession. [Jesse] Haney and [Edward] Hayes had just called and were on the track. So I set off up Broadway, to Union Square where the crowd was thick, up 14th street, where the companies of firemen stood with their blazing torches, awaiting the order of march, up the 5th avenue to Madison square. Here the crowd was at its densest, the Prince and suite being on the balcony of the hotel. Anne Edwards under the convoy of [Carl] Knudsen passed me, just before arriving there, telling me that Eliza with her father was further ahead, that they had got parted from Mat and Sally and their respective companions. I helped two women out of the crowd into a side street, and returned to the spectacle When the line of march commenced, the scene excelled anything of the sort I have ever witnessed. The firemen bore torches or lamps and there was a perfect Vesuvius of parti-colored rockets and roman candles about the hotel, the bands played and the Prince acknowledged the cheers of the companies by touching his hat, after his fashion. Back to 745, Eliza and her father

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-10-13

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Firefighters


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